n South African Medical Journal - Laboratory tests for malaria : a diagnostic conundrum? : correspondence

Volume 103, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



We compliment the team of investigators from Mumbai, India, for their critical evaluation of the utility of a peripheral blood smear examination, an immunochromatographic antigen test and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) towards diagnosis of malaria, though the utility of any point-of-care (POC) test to diagnose malaria would be unpredictable at very high and very low ambient temperatures.

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